Monday, August 19, 2013

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair on September 3-4, 2013

The National Archives in Washington, DC is hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair on September 3 and 4, 2013.  The webpage for the fair is at

Information about the Fair includes:
  • For the first time ever, the National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast using the Internet.
  • This two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike.
  • Lecture topics include Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops, and Navy Deck logs.
  • “Help! I’m Stuck” Call-In Consultation: National Archives staff will be available to answer research questions during the Fair.
WHEN:  Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3–4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. EST
WHO:  Speakers include genealogy experts from the National Archives and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
HOW:  The National Archives will make this event available via webcast. The webcast will include options for the hearing-impaired. Recorded sessions will be available online after the event.
Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see
For more information about the fair, e-mail Join the Genealogy Fair conversation on Twitter using #genfair2013.
This virtual genealogy fair looks promising.  This event is in two weeks.  I hope that they will publicize the speakers and topics fairly soon so that there is sufficient time to publicize it to local and regional genealogical society members.  I also hope that they will use a streaming video platform that has enough bandwidth to accommodate the (potential) thousands of interested viewers.
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